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Morgan wonder goal helps sink City

Adam Morgan's stunning first half strike was the highlight as a young Liverpool Under 21 side defeated Manchester City at Hyde FC's Ewen Fields Stadium tonight.


Morgan collected the ball just inside the City half and pinged a shot over the keeper's head that grazed the underside of the crossbar on it's way into the net. It was an incredible strike as the keeper hadn't even strayed far from his line.


Midfielder Cameron Brannagan added a second after the break, sidefooting home from close range after terrific work on the right by Stephen Sama, usually a centre back but operating in a full back role this evening. That's been the theme of the week for the Reds, but Sama enjoyed more success in the role than Kolo Toure or Mamadou Sakho had at the weekend.


City had plenty of the ball but found it difficult to create chances against a Reds rearguard in which Lloyd Jones and new signing Rafael Paez - snapped up recently from Real Madrid - were imperious. 16 year old local midfielder Jordan Rossiter also caught the eye once more with a mature display sitting in front of the defence, but it was Morgan's strike that had everyone talking after this one.


U21s boss Alex Inglethorpe was without several regular starters and was forced to field a much more inexperienced side than that which came from 2-0 down to beat Sunderland 5-2 at Anfield last week.  The likes of Raheem Sterling, Jordan Ibe, Luis Alberto, Tiago Ilori, Martin Kelly and John Flanagan were all missing, presumably as they are in contention for a place in the senior squad for the game at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.



Team: Ward; Sama, Jones, Paez, Maguire; Roddan, Rossiter; McLaughlin, Dunn (Bijev), Brannagan; Morgan:



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Brilliant goal. I think Morgan needs first team games at a lower level though, as do a number of reserve team players that have seemingly been around the reserve/U21 set-up for years, such as Sama and Roddan. Playing against teams of the same age group is pretty limiting in a young player's development, and a chance to be part of the first team picture at a Football League (or European) club will better help the club assess whether a player has what it takes to be part of Liverpool's first team set-up in future. We simply won't know until these players get that experience first.

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What a beautiful goal, do people think this lad can make it?

Doubtful, but you'd probably say the odds are against pretty much all of them (barring a very few), and yet some will defy those odds.


He certainly has the workrate, and if he's very lucky, maybe he will bloom a bit older.  Even if not, he certainly has a career in football ahead of him.

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He's always had an eye for goal, he should have had more chances in the first team, perhaps in the last 10 minutes of home games, a long time before now.


One things' for sure, he's a red and he'll give 100%.


Also really encouraged about Brannagan. He's kind of gone under the radar compared with Rossiter, but Brannagan just purrs in the middle of the park for a kid of that age it's brilliant.


Also can confirm that Sama was a beast of a full back.


Also...interesting to not see Illori there last night, I think that maybe he's getting a chance tomorrow night.


And finally, where the hell is Jerome Sinclair these days?

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